EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTraffic To Be Affected By Charleston Fireworks Show
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 10:41 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 10:57 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
As the city of Charleston launches the long holiday weekend with a concert and big fireworks show on Wednesday evening, traffic on both sides of the Kanawha River will be affected before, during and after the celebration.
In preparation for the free concert by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Kanawha Boulevard will be closed between Capitol and Court streets, starting at 5:30 p.m., according to a news release from the city.
Vendors will be on the Boulevard after 6 p.m., and the concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
With two fireworks launch sites, traffic on the south side of the river will be affected at different times during the evening. MacCorkle Avenue will be closed between Porter Road and U.S. 119, starting at 6 p.m., although eastbound traffic to access the train depot and South Side Bridge will be permitted via Thayer and Ferry Street until 9 p.m. At that time, Thayer, Ferry Street and the South Side Bridge will be closed in preparation for the 9:45 fireworks show by Pyrotechnico. Right before the show begins, Louden Heights Road will be closed from the South Side Bridge intersection to Grosscup Road. While Bridge Road will be open, drivers will not be able to access points downtown or via MacCorkle Avenue after 9 p.m.
The streets will remain closed until city cleanup crews are able to complete their cleanup of affected areas following the show.
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